Library Director Salary

Library Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three in five of Library Directors. Salaries average out to around $62K per year and spread from $28K to $98K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Library Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Library Directors (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,515 - $99,485
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$62K
$99K
MEDIAN: $62,453
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$9.89 - $30.17
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Salary $34,515 - $99,485
Bonus $126.71 - $9,863
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$27,921 - $97,518
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 307
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $9.89 - $30.17
Overtime $15.60
Annual Data $0$97K
Bonus $126.71 - $9,863
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,921 - $97,518
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 40

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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.
  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Library Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Collection Development, Administration, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Cataloging as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Online Research and Budget Management also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Administration indicates knowledge of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Pay by Experience for a Library Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Library Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 83 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Library Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 92 salaries. An experienced Library Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 136 salaries. A Library Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 104 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,600

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Library Directors in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 71 percent above the national average. Library Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+54 percent), Atlanta (+52 percent), New York (+38 percent), and Washington (+38 percent).

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Key Stats for Library Director

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries

▲23%

▲9%

National Average
$60,000

▼17%

▼34%

Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
▲4%

National Average
$60,000

Collection Development
▼2%




Online Research
▼11%

Cataloging
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 22%
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